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In the mid-1800s, corporations began to be recognized as individuals by U.S. courts, granting them unprecedented rights. The Corporation, a documentary by filmmakers Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott and author Joel Bakan, delves into that legal standard, essentially asking: if corporations were people, what kind of people would they be? Applying psychiatric principles and FBI forensic techniques, and through a series of case studies, the film determines that this entity, the corporation, which has an increasing power over the day-to-day existence of nearly every living creature on earth, would… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A history lesson, a warning shot and damning personality profile, all backed up with expert interviews."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"This documentary's extra-long running time and a narrator who sounds like a sedated Star Trek computer won't win many converts."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"The 150-year old legal construct of the corporation, as a "person," is dissected for all to see how its lack of accountability has enabled the faulty model to become a ruling institution, acting beyond the reach of any government."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"The undercurrent of this exhaustive critique is really all about good and evil, and in what ways often sordid human history is determined, not as a product of malice, but by the most typical people who could care less."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
"The Corporation is overlong, yes, and opinionated, true. But it's also fine journalism."
‑ David Cornelius,
"Carries a powerful, albeit not new, message. It is frightening."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"This is a movie that will make you think."
‑ Bob Longino, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"As a clever joke, the filmmakers run down a list of the traits of a psychopath and find a corporate action to match each one. Diagnosis: psychopath. It's cute, but it's a logical fallacy."
‑ Robert Davis, Paste Magazine
"It's the Lord of the Rings of modern documentaries: epic, vivid, wise, well-paced, expansive%u2014the kind of movie that makes you want to do more with your life."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"In our current polarized cultural climate, it seems there are fewer and fewer people for whom The Corporation is a wake up call."
‑ Keith Breese,
"The rare movie that sets out to alter the audience's consciousness -- and succeeds."
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"Sharp-witted, infuriating and at times depressing."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"An impressive array of interviewees, from Michael Moore to Milton Friedman, give their take on modern capitalism."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"One of those necessary films that we have to see for our own health."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"[A]ngry, bitter, but frequently funny, funky, and mesmerizing in-your-face documentary... [A] triumphantly muckracking film..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
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